09/01/15 11:56am

John Carlyle Square Park Fountain - May 2012

As readers know, the City of Alexandria Health Department forced the Carlyle Community Council (CCC) to shut down the John Carlyle Square Park interactive fountain in summer 2012. Since that time, the CCC has been working diligently with the Health Department and the vendors that serve the Carlyle neighborhood of Alexandria community to get the fountain back up and running.

After a LONG and very THOROUGH review of the interactive fountain, the Health Department gave its blessing today to have the fountain run once more. The residents in Carlyle responded this way.

08/31/15 4:58pm

John Carlyle Square Park

Fall into health!

Join in free fun outdoor fitness classes this fall in John Carlyle Square Park beginning September 9th and continuing through November (weather permitting). Classes will be sponsored and taught by Carlyle area fitness studios including Local Motion, Onelife Fitness, and Pure Barre.

Take this opportunity to try something new or enjoy a favorite workout in the great outdoors! No need to register or bring any equipment – just show up!

September – Local Motion Studio

  • Wednesday, September 9th, 6:00pm – Yoga
  • Wednesday, September 16th, 6:00pm – Pilates
  • Wednesday, September 23rd, 12:30pm – Yoga
  • Wednesday, September 30th, 12:30pm – Pilates

For questions regarding these classes, contact Sara Lavan, 917-331-2176, www.ccpdance.org.

October – Onelife Fitness

  • Dates and classes will be announced

October/November – Pure Barre

  • Dates and classes will be announced

Classes are open and FREE of charge to all and are appropriate for any fitness level.

Questions? Contact Katherine Carraway, 703.746.3855 or visit this link.

08/31/15 4:49pm

In case you are wondering why your Metrorail train is traveling a little slow this afternoon, Metro has implemented speed restrictions on curves throughout the system. That means trains are slowing to 35 mph to 40 mph as they approach a curve. This is part of an “aggressive campaign” by Metro to inspect curved sections of track following the Aug. 6 derailment.

08/31/15 4:15pm

Via APD, Friday, September 4, at 8:00 AM is the LAST CHANCE to take the police test for possible employment with the Alexandria Police Department in 2015!

The dress code of the day for the written examination will be BUSINESS ATTIRE ONLY. Applicants not appropriately attired will not be allowed to take the written examination. The exam will be given at Police HQ, located at 3600 Wheeler Avenue in Alexandria, Virginia.

You MUST be able to provide the following original documents listed below to take the exam. Please also have copies for us to keep. We will not keep your original documents, but will need to check them for accuracy.

*No copies will be made for you the day of the examination.*

  • Proof of US citizenship (Birth Certificate or Naturalization Paperwork or U.S. Passport).
  • Valid Driver’s License (must be the state in which you presently reside)
  • Social Security Card

Applicant’s identification, driver’s license validity and proof of United States Citizenship will be verified prior to the test. Please ensure that you bring your valid driver’s license, Social Security Card and proof of United States citizenship. You will not be allowed to take the test without these items.

(Photo by Elvert Barnes, on Flickr)

08/31/15 2:42pm

On Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2015, Metro will operate service on the following schedules:

  • Metrorail: The system will open at 7:00 AM and close at midnight. Trains will operate on a Sunday schedule. Passengers are advised of scheduled rebuilding work on the Red, Orange, Silver and Blue lines. Off-peak fares will be in effect all day, and parking will be free at all Metrorail parking facilities.
  • Metrobus: Buses will operate on a Sunday schedule. Check bus timetables for details.
  • MetroAccess: All subscription trips will be canceled on Monday. Customers wishing to travel on the holiday should make a separate reservation.

In addition, Metro’s customer information line, lost and found and customer relations call centers will be closed on the holiday.

Metro Bus - Washington, DC

(Photo by Tony Webster, on Flickr)

08/31/15 11:32am

This extraordinary home for sale is in the Taylor Run neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia at 2716 King Street
This extraordinary 3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath home is for sale and located at 2716 King Street in the Taylor Run neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia.

Via the listing

Brick Colonial within walking distance to King Street Metro. Off Street Parking for 3 cars. Fenced rear yard. Covered rear porch.Freshly painted inside and out. Beautifully refinished wood floors. MacArthur elementary. Living Room FP with handsome wood mantel. Generous room sizes. Convenient main level powder room. Move right in & make it your own. Conveying “As Is” but all is in working order.

Contact the Realtor at this link if you’re interested in more information about this property.

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This extraordinary home for sale is in the Taylor Run neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia at 2716 King Street

08/31/15 11:18am


Some of Alexandria’s Top Nonprofit Directors Come Together through ACT’s LEAD Program

The life of a nonprofit executive director can be busy and isolating, stretched to capacity with events, grant proposals and meetings in addition to day-to-day operations. With the often limited staff time and funding being consumed by programmatic needs, many directors have few resources allocated for their own professional development.

As providers of such essential services as food, shelter and education, strengthening the leadership of these nonprofits impacts the community as a whole. John Porter, President & CEO of ACT for Alexandria (ACT), says, “We know that highly successful nonprofits must invest in leadership development, but too many just don’t have the resources or support to make it happen like they should.”

2015GraduationIn 2013, ACT, the local community foundation, recognized the need for nonprofit leadership development. Working with executive coach and leadership consultant, Leigh Shields, ACT piloted the first LEAD (Leadership, Excellence And Development) program to provide ten months of one-on-one coaching and intensive peer sessions for nonprofit executive directors serving Alexandria.

Since the launch of the pilot program, LEAD has enrolled two cohorts of five to six executive directors each, representing a diverse range of experiences and mission areas from animal services, to the arts, to early care and education. Directors came from nonprofits such as The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, Community Lodgings and Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture. While some LEAD participants had led their organizations as long as 10 years, others were relatively new to their positions, serving for less than two years.

LEAD participants agree that the program was a good investment of time for their organizations. By providing affordable and high-quality leadership coaching, LEAD offers a forum for local nonprofit executives to strengthen their leadership skills, build a diverse support network of peers and solve strategic challenges for their organizations.

Tommy Park, executive director of Alexandria Soccer Association and LEAD participant, says, “Being a part of the program allowed me to take time to reflect on how I was leading and gave me tools for implementing specific solutions to some of our organizational challenges.” Through LEAD, each participant works on a solution to strategic challenge facing their organizations over the 10-month period, such as increasing communication, strengthening relationships and building better organizational culture.

Another participant in the LEAD program, Kari Galloway, executive directors of Friends of Guest House, explains “LEAD stands out from other programs because we came up with a specific strategic challenge and were able to build on our learning over the year-long period to address it.” The time directors spend in the LEAD program ultimately results in more impactful programs by providing a space for participants to think and plan strategically.

ACT is currently recruiting for the third LEAD cohort. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, September 9. Interested nonprofit executive directors serving Alexandria can learn more and apply for LEAD on the ACT website at this link. For questions about the LEAD program, please contact Brandi Yee, ACT Chief Program Officer, at 703-739-7778.

LEAD is just one of ACT’s initiatives that demonstrates ACT’s commitment to strengthening the nonprofit sector and the larger community through leadership development, collaboration, and resource sharing. For the eleventh year, ACT will convene the IMPACT: Innovation + Philanthropy Forum on October 6 to bring together board, business, city, community and nonprofit leaders to discuss strategies for influencing widespread, lasting solutions for challenges affecting Alexandria.

Paul Schmitz, groundbreaking author of Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from The Community Up, the first Innovator in Residence at Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Innovation and Impact, CEO of nonprofit and philanthropic advisory group, Leading Inside Out, and keynote speaker for this year’s IMPACT forum, will discuss collective impact, or how to give each individual affected by an issue a voice in leading change. Following the keynote, three breakout sessions will continue the conversation through interactive presentations on building high performance nonprofit organizations, developing a culture of racial equality and inclusion and engaging local businesses.

For more information on the IMPACT forum on Tuesday, October 6, please visit this link.